Scan the following stanza from "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd." Mark the syllables and separate the feet with short vertical lines: "but could youth last, and love still breed,/had joys no...

Scan the following stanza from "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd." Mark the syllables and separate the feet with short vertical lines: "but could youth last, and love still breed,/had joys no date, nor age no need,/then these delights my mind might move,/to live with thee, and be thy love."

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The passage from "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" as you've written it is straight iambic tetrameter.  Each line has eight syllables.  Each pair of two syllables equals one metrical foot.  And each foot is an iamb. 

The scanning of the lines would look like this:

-/-/-/-/

-/-/-/-/

-/-/-/-/

-/-/-/-/

Your short verticle lines would be used after each stressed syllable (the slash /). 

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babyfrog22 | Student

how about the rythme in

The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd"?

and the meter/foot?

thanks so much!!!

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